Shepherd High School installs Aquatic Tanks

Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs now has 18 aquatic tanks installed

Shepherd High School TankShepherd, Texas, August 21, 2015:  Shepherd High School (SHS) becomes the 5th Independent School District to install aquatic tanks for the Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFoR) project.  Tony Goodman and his students will head up the project at SHS.  SHS will also be the first school to use their greenhouse to grow “starter plants” all year long.  This is a new phase in the LLFoR aquatic plant project and will greatly help in achieving our goal of planting 10,000-PLUS plants a year.  Up to this date, starter plants have been donated, purchased or grown in the three LLFoR aquatic tanks.  Seasonal patterns have limited our access to aquatic plants.  Shepherd’s greenhouse is ideal, as it is heated in the winter months and cooled in the summer months.  These starter plants will be transported to the SHS aquatic tanks, as well as other ISD’s tanks, to ensure we have 3,000 to 5,000 aquatic plants ready to be planted two or three times a year.

LLFoR wishes to thank Superintendent Steve Pierce, Principal Jimmy Meekins, Agriculture teachers Tony Goodman, Steve Cronin and Caitlin Anderson on their efforts to get these aquatic tanks installed and operational.   Also LLFoR would like to thank TRA and TPWD – Inland Fisheries for donating the aquatic tanks.

What Is Being Done?

Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs (LLFoR) with its twenty-plus Partners and two Advisors, Trinity River Authority and Texas Parks and Wildlife – Inland Fisheries are restoring fish and wildlife habitat in the Lake.   LLFoR has only three aquatic plant tanks growing American Water Willow, so we have partnered with the Livingston, Onalaska, Coldspring-Oakhurst, Shepherd and Goodrich, (and soon) Corrigan-Camden Independent School Districts to also grow the plants and to plant them into the Lake.  We now have a total of 18 tanks operational at the schools, with another 4-7 aquatic plant tanks to be installed by September/October 2015.  Our goal is 25 tanks, so we can produce and plant 10,000+ plants a year. 

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